Raised or Lower Saloon – Southerly or Revelation

Discovery, and the larger Southerly yachts tend to be deck saloons. This suits us very well since in our cruising area it’s often nice to be in the saloon, warm and dry and still able to feel part of our surrounds when outside the weather is not so great. The Revelation 48 is a lowered saloon version of the yacht that is now available with the first boat ordered.

Whats the difference? Well in a true deck saloon the compromise is that the accommodation has to be arranged inside or between the decks so that when sitting you can see out, whereas with a lower saloon the furniture can be pushed further out under the decks, leaving more of the yachts beam for living space. Typically there will be more levels and steps with a raised saloon, whereas a single cabin sole level can be achieved with a lower saloon. Stowage behind the seating and under the saloon floor will of course be different as well. A lower saloon will typically have a more open feel below largely due to a wider floorspace along the centreline, and with some designs headroom may well be greater which will create a more voluminous and airy feel.

From the outside the only giveaway that the Revelation 480 has a lowered saloon is that the hull port layout is different being optimised for the different accommodation. Here’s a render of the first Revelation 480 note the vertical hull ports at the middle of the boat which will correspond with the saloon seating to give plenty of light and a nice view!

As for the inside, the following drawings illustrate the effect of the two arrangements to the accommodation. These are firstly of the Southerly 480 raised saloon with owners suite forward. The next is the equivalent Revelation 480 with lowered saloon and then the standard Revelation 480 3 cabin layout. You can certainly see the difference in the living space.

Southerly 480 2 cabin general arrangement
Revelation 480 2 cabin general arrangement
Revelation 480 3 cabin general arrangement

Lastly here’s the arrangement designed for the first Revelation, this one has a custom owners suite forward, I dare say at some point someone will ask to investigate a twin aft cabin layout with this forecabin!

Revelation 480 custom 2 cabin with amazing lounge/suite forward

So it is, as always, a matter of personal preference. For us our normal cruising grounds stowage and tank capacities were the determining factors, but it is helpful to see different versions of the same boat so that you can then accurately quantify how that difference will impact your life on board. Of course for the prospective owner working with their chosen builder to develop a custom version of a standard boat is a great opportunity.

OK time has passed since the initial drawings, so here’s a couple of renders of the Revelation 480 saloon area:

Revelation 480 Stbd Saloon looking forward
Revelation 480 Port saloon/galley looking

5 thoughts on “Raised or Lower Saloon – Southerly or Revelation

  1. Is the Rev 48 a swing keel like the Southerly or fixed like Discovery? Is the hull and rig the same? And will it have the same or similar sailing characteristics of the Discovery that can point close to 30?


    1. Hi Mike. The Revelation 480 has a fixed keel with a choice of shoal or regular draft. The first boat is in build with a regular draft. Because there is no keel box to house the keel when it is raised, she will have a lowered saloon that creates a very spacious, light and airy feel below. The hull and rig are the same, with some detail changes on deck to improve life on board. The first boat will have some detail changes to the sails and rig reflecting her intended sailing area which is predominately lighter winds. The Southerly 480 upon which the Revelation is based is a very stable and close winded boat (and the boat that convinced my wife that long distance offshore is fine..), the Revelation with standard draft is designed to give nothing away in terms of pointing ability but will also maintain all of this hulls other rewarding sailing characteristics. Let me know if you want any more info I’m in the UK until June now before we make our way down to the Med.


    2. A bit more info for you – – Hull for Revelation 480 popped out of the moulds today. You can see from the Blog shots there is no large aperture for the swing keels grounding plate, the rear skeg has been altered to allow for a saildrive and the hull ports form a different pattern so they are more relevant to a lowered saloon layout. This owner has chosen some interesting options for the boat, including an all electric galley, so no gas on board etc. https://southerly480.com/2019/04/29/the-first-revelation-480-hatches/


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